But in the end, it is a courageous young woman who escapes from North Tower of the World Trade Center after the first plane crashes into the building, who has the foresight and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady's death.
The young woman, Anna Petrescu, takes advantage of being missing and presumed dead in the days after 9/11 to escape from New York City, only to be pursued by both the FBI and a ruthless assassin across the globe, from Toronto to London, to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Bucharest. But it is only when she finally returns to New York that the mystery unravels.
In his first thriller since The Eleventh Commandment, international best-selling author Jeffrey Archer takes the listener on a breathtaking journey, full of twists and turns, all leading back to the question of why so many people are willing to risk their lives to own Van Gogh's Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. And it's not just because it could be worth one hundred million dollars.
©2006 Jeffrey Archer; (P)2006 Audio Renaissance
"Archer's writing skills have not deteriorated over the years." (Booklist)
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I've never read an Archer that I haven't liked -- except for this one. Something was missing. It was too predictable; there was no twist, no sudden surprises. If this is your first foray into Archer thrillers, don't start here. Try his older books first. Archer is a fine storyteller but this one will only leave you with a false impression.
This is my first Archer read. I expected more than the book delivered. The main character, Anna, was a good character but as often happens in this kind of book is asked to do more than she possibly could. But predictably she does it all and her considerable expertise as a Romanian PhD art historian/auctioneer serves her well for high stakes dectective work.
The story moved fast enough to keep your interest. Two parts of the book were constant irritants for me. First, villains are supposed to be bad guys but I can't remember a matched set of male and female villains with so many faults and absolutely no redeeming qualities. Second, the narrator seemed to weave a slight Irish accent into every character.
Worth the read but expect some unevenness.
This is a wonderful book. It has intrigue, suspense, and very likable characters. It is classic Archer writing. The one thing that I found most annoying, past the point of distraction, was the narrators feeble attempts at accents. His narration in general was well done, but when he slipped into what he perceived to be a Middle Eastern accent, I was distracted from the story-line by the lameness. All in all, a good listen if you are able to get past the aforementioned.
Yes, Jeffrey Archer's books are a tad predictable but they are always entertaining and the characters appealing. I have been listening to Archer's books for years and have always enjoyed the mellow and melodious British speech of his regular reader. I must say, as much as I enjoyed the story, this reader's accents were AWFUL! They were inconsistant, inaccurate and somehow all colored with the same very Irish-sounding "R".
This may very well be a great book, but I couldn't listen to more than about 30 minutes. I couldn't stand the accents used for the main characters. The narration was inconsistent. At times, it seemed very monotone, and at other times it seems rushed. I just stopped listening. Then, when I picked up a copy of the book at the store, I couldn't read it without hearing those same accents in my head!! It's a shame, it seems like it would have been a pretty good book.
I'm a Jeffery Archer fan but this book seemed to be written by someone else...perhaps Danielle Steel. Obviously a poor attempt to capture the female audience. Good narrator for such a tedious book.
The book was marvelous. It had a little bit of everything suspense, education, mystery...just enough to keep you at the edge waiting for the next chapter to unfold. Without giving away to the ending, I didn't want to go on thinking that all that was worked for went down the tubes, but what a GREAT ending!
I really enjoyed this book, but it lacked a lot of heart and the story was a little predictable. To its creadit the story moves well and does have a satisfiying ending.
While taking a trip, I listened with my wife to the first half, and then to her chagrin, I finished the book with my "shuffle."
The author has written a very entertaining novel, and it was expertly read.
I recommend this to anyone taking a trip and wanting to escape. The story will keep you listening to the end.
Audiobook. I’ve been a fan of Jeffrey Archer for years, long before the popularity of the audiobook. My first exposure being Kane & Abel in paperback format, and I was engrossed in absolutely wonderful story. Considering that Kane & Abel was one of Archer’s very earliest books, I’m wondering if he’s beginning to burn out. Briefly, False Impression centers around the ownership, stealing, and recovery of a valuable Van Gogh painting. It begins with a hair raising escape from the north tower of the World Trade Center in 2001, but has nothing to do with the terrorism involved. The inclusion of this horrific event seemed almost gratuitous. There are no typical Archer twists, no surprises. Simply a well outlined plot and the author moves through his story in a predictable fashion.
Given that this review is of the audiobook, a few comments about the narration are warranted. A few of the voices are well done. Lady Arabella, in particular, is very nice. Most of the male voices are distinctive and recognizable throughout the book. However, Anna, the lead character, is atrocious and difficult to listen to, as her accent simply seemed … wrong. Given the necessary dialogue of this character, I had some trouble staying with the story without frowning on occasion. False Impression is narrated by Byron Jennings
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